Bike Portrait: Lance Jacobs of “The Virtuous Bicycle”
Lance Jacobs is a lifelong New Yorker and cyclist. His love for cycling has persisted from the paper route route he had as a kid to bike tours on four continents to everyday riding in NYC. His Trek road bike has been with him since 1985.
Lance runs The Virtuous Bicycle
where he offers well-illustrated tips and techniques for riding a bike safely in New York City traffic. (Check out this recent post on “Avoiding the Right Hook
“.) The site is full of information on navigating traffic patterns and understanding driver behavior that can be helpful even to someone (like me) who is philosophically disinclined to don Hi-Vis gear on the bike.
Lance also runs classes and tutors adults who never learned to ride. One of his recent pupils was New York Times transportation reporter Matthew Flegenhimer, resulting in this amusing New York Times article
Since he teaches New Yorkers to ride comfortably in traffic, we both thought it would be a good idea to stage the portrait in Manhattan traffic – in this case taking the lane in front of a good old NYC garbage truck.